At this point in the season, these lovely yellow flowers can be spotted in just about every roadside ditch and every vacant lot. When they are in large swathes, they are a sight to behold.
They come on moderately tall, upright, slightly sprawling shrubs. I thought these would be perfect to plant alongside our fence that is perpendicular the dead end. It is a much neglected area in need of some sprucing up with some low-to-no-maintenance plants. These seemed to be a good choice as they grew just about everywhere in areas where they are obviously not tended to.
Earlier this week we were out for a drive and I had asked Logan to jump out of the car and break me off a branch so that I could figure out what this mystery plant was. It turned out to be scotch broom, a class B noxious weed in the state of WA. Bummer.
Here's something to take a look at if you're interested. While scotch broom is not included in this PDF, it can be very useful to people who are looking for a better way to garden. You might not even know that the plants you have are invasive, so it's worth a look. There are some very lovely substitutions for things like butterfly bush and English ivy.
So, that still leaves me with what to plant alongside the fence. My neighbor graciously let me dig up some of her red-osier dogwood that had suckered up. There is a significant variation in sizes, but I'm hoping that I have three viable plants. We'll see how it goes. My fingers are crossed.
Also, I intend to plant mock orange and/or baldhip rose (maybe even snowberry?) between the wide bare spaces in the future. I'll carpet the area with kinnikinnick so there will be something green to look at in the winter. Little by little, I'll get there.
My gardening habit has completely eaten up my crafting budget. I'm okay with that. I'm sure that the door will swing back the other way as soon as the weather starts sucking again.